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Council of the Great City Schools, 2018
Just what is meant by a "Best Practice"? A best practice is a procedure, a process, or a system, adopted by best performing districts, which has a noticeable long-term positive impact on the strategic objectives of the Procurement organization. The concept of "best practices" is a fluid one. As technology, regulations and…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Purchasing
Council of the Great City Schools, 2018
The Council was asked to review Detroit Public Schools Community District's (DPSCD's) services for students with disabilities and provide recommendations to support the teaching and learning of these students. To conduct its work, the Council assembled a team of experts who have successfully administered and operated special education programs in…
Descriptors: Special Education, Public Schools, Educational Improvement, Urban Schools
Palacios, Moses; Vignola, Eric; Cooper, Natalia; Lyons, Renata; Ison, Ashley; Hart, Ray; Casserly, Michael – Council of the Great City Schools, 2018
Over the years, the nation's large urban school districts have consistently learned from the progress of their peer districts across the country. In 2002, the board of directors of the Council of the Great City Schools (Council) authorized what became known as the Performance Measurement and Benchmarking Project to develop and implement key…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Academic Achievement
Council of the Great City Schools, 2017
In the ongoing effort to improve instructional standards in our nation's urban public schools, the Council of the Great City Schools has released resources to help districts determine the quality and alignment of instructional materials at each grade level; to ensure that materials for English language learners are rigorous and aligned to district…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Implementation, Urban Schools, Public Schools
Halbert, Julie Wright; Gamm, Sue – Council of the Great City Schools, 2017
The Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), asked the Council of the Great City Schools to review the district's services for students with disabilities and provide recommendations to improve performance and narrow the achievement gap between these students and their nondisabled peers. This report was designed to help SCUSD achieve its…
Descriptors: School Districts, Disabilities, Student Needs, Special Education
Palacios, Moses; Ison, Ashley; Hart, Ray; Lyons, Renata; Casserly, Michael – Council of the Great City Schools, 2017
This report seeks to contribute to the ongoing dialogue of raising our expectations for males of color and provide a resource for school districts seeking to build or recalibrate their initiatives to improve the academic outcomes of young men and boys of color. Throughout this report there are exemplars of current initiatives across the nation's…
Descriptors: Success, Educational Quality, Males, Educational Environment
Hopkins, Debra – Council of the Great City Schools, 2017
The guide is intended to clarify and define a renewed vision for high-quality, coherent, and rigorous instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs)--focusing on the areas of English language arts (ELA) and English language development (ELD)--and to provide guidance in evaluating and selecting appropriate ELA/ELD instructional materials. It is…
Descriptors: Language Arts, English Instruction, English Language Learners, Instructional Material Evaluation
Council of the Great City Schools, 2017
Equipping today's children with 21st century skills for the digital age requires turning traditional classrooms into a digital-learning ecosystem and ensuring teachers have professional skills and unfettered access to tools they need for 21st century teaching and learning. School district networks are being used for instruction, business, and…
Descriptors: Information Security, Educational Technology, Information Management, Networks
Clark, Scott B.; DeCato, Kristen Devan; George, Dave; Henderson, Dana; Henry, Aston A., Jr.; Hoch, Christopher – Council of the Great City Schools, 2016
Public schools have a mandate to educate children in a way that is safe, effective, and cost efficient. The risks involved in achieving that mandate have become increasingly complex, and the need to manage those risks has never been greater. The emergence of widespread, interconnected risks, such as cyber risks and data management, infrastructure…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Risk Management, Elementary Secondary Education, Urban Schools
Council of the Great City Schools, 2016
The overarching purpose of this document is to define a new vision for mathematics instruction that explicitly attends to the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs), addressing the interdependence of language and mathematics. The sections in this report are devoted to (1) making clear that the grade-level college- and career-readiness…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, English Language Learners, Student Needs, Teaching Methods
Council of the Great City Schools, 2016
This document is designed as a self-assessment tool for districts to gauge their progress in implementing college- and career-readiness standards. This tool was primarily designed to help central office leaders and staff assess implementation at a systems level. Each section provides a core set of leading questions, along with descriptions of what…
Descriptors: School Districts, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Academic Standards
Hart, Ray; Casserly, Michael; Uzzell, Renata; Palacios, Moses; Corcoran, Amanda; Spurgeon, Liz – Council of the Great City Schools, 2015
There has been little data collected on how much testing actually goes on in America's schools and how the results are used. So in the Spring of 2014, the Council staff developed and launched a survey of assessment practices. This report presents the findings from that survey and subsequent Council analysis and review of the data. It also offers…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Student Evaluation, Testing Programs, Testing
Council of the Great City Schools, 2015
This report measures trends in performance among urban schools receiving federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) awards as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Council of the Great City Schools aims to document how member districts of the Council of the Great City Schools implemented SIG and specifically what…
Descriptors: Grants, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid, Educational Improvement
Council of the Great City Schools, 2014
The purpose of this document is to define a new vision for English Language Development, to share examples of instructional delivery models, and to provide step-by-step guidance for selecting instructional materials that will accelerate the acquisition of academic language and grade-level content for all English learners in urban school districts.…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
Council of the Great City Schools, 2014
Urban school superintendents hold one of the most important and challenging jobs in America's education system. In this era of accountability and standards, superintendents are charged with making visible and rapid improvements in the academic achievement of the nation's most vulnerable children. They must break down barriers to reform and build…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Superintendents, Administrator Characteristics, Tenure
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